Dr Dan Poulter, Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has called on hospital managers to recruit for a vital community specialist nurse post at Ipswich Hospital. The hospital cut the frontline Multiple Sclerosis Nurse post in September 2011 and the position has remained vacant for the past six months.
Dr Poulter has also urged hospital bosses to ensure that key stakeholders, such as the Multiple Sclerosis Society, are properly consulted as part of plans to develop a jointly funded specialist nurse post with the Suffolk Primary Care Trust.
Ipswich Hospital recently carried out a review of the specialist Multiple Sclerosis post and found the position to be of great importance, particularly as a way of supporting Multiple Sclerosis patients in their own homes and communities, thereby preventing inappropriate hospital admissions. The hospital is now in the process of developing a new jointly funded specialist post with the Primary Care Trust, as part of wider plans to deliver a new model of integrated care that provides better care in the community for MS patients.
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Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...
Children and Mental Health Services — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing the debate; he is making some very good points. As he recognises, CAMHS are the Cinderella services of the Cinderella service—mental health is still woefully underfunded in comparison with many other parts of the NHS. Does he also recognise that CAMHS recruitment is a real challenge? The August 2019 fill rates for higher trainees in the UK stand at...